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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: One Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
Phone Number: 972-562-5566
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape...

Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.

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Perfect family outing

We have had a membership here for the last 4 years and I cannot say enough good things about The Heard. My boys are 3 & 5 and we go almost daily in the spring and fall. We've also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Vanessa L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had a membership here for the last 4 years and I cannot say enough good things about The Heard. My boys are 3 & 5 and we go almost daily in the spring and fall. We've also been to the indoor part when it's raining and thoroughly enjoyed just looking at the exhibits with fossils and skeletons and... More 

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Thank Vanessa L
Denison, Texas
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I went with my son's second grade class field trip. They have a whole bunch of fun stuff to see and learn about. The kids loved the hands on activities they had for them. Loved the trails and the zoo area. One part the kids wouldn't stop talking about was the little play frontier village. We also liked the swamp... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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332 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

One of the things I most enjoyed about this nature center is that you can see 3 habitats all in one place: a wetlands, native prairie, and some wooded land. There are some nice trails and paths to walk and enjoy nature and is geared toward families and small children. They also have a small museum that shows some native... More 

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Thank CD D
McKinney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Visited on Memorial day 2016, Received a 10% military discount on $10 adult admission (they probably do this year round. Took my in laws, 3 yr and 4 month old son. My 3 yr old son was so excited to see the animals and walk the paths. We took a normal stroller and ditched it on the side of the... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I took my 12 year old grandson when he was in town to visit. This is a hidden gem. He particularly enjoyed the exhibits while I truly enjoyed the trails. A little bit of variety for all.

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Thank Lisa H
McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The dinosaur exhibit (animated) is a must with the kids! Also just a great place to enjoy a walk with nature!

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Thank Staci J
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We had my granddaughter's 9th birthday party here. They have a room set off with tables for cake and celebration. They had a presentation with two animals that she choose beforehand and the kids got to touch them and ask questions; they seemed to enjoy that. Then we went out on the trails looking for birds as my granddaughter is... More 

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Thank ilovecalculustoo
stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your granddaughter's birthday! We have a wide variety of programs available here that you, too, may enjoy. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Best place in McKinney to take kids of all ages. Animals, rocks, shells, dinosaurs, nature trails, butterflies, you name it the Heard has it. Nature at it's finest. Lots of walking if you want to but you can see a lot at the building. Last time we went in summer we walked to the marsh and stood on the walkway... More 

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Thank Meroneal
stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! And, thank you for the support. Yes, nature can be creepy and cool at the same time. Snakes can be intimidating but the boardwalk usually gives a good bit of distance for observation. We look forward to seeing you soon. It's a great time of year to visit! More 

Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went for a bird walk tour. The group was larger than I was expecting, maybe 40 people. We had a tour guide that led the group. He told us the type of birds that we were seeing, but if you weren't at the front of the group you usually didn't hear. Lots of other people in... More 

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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

We’re glad you enjoyed your visit! Because the 2nd Saturday Bird Walks do not require reservations for the convenience of new birders, the number of guests (and therefor the size of the group) is unpredictable. But we try to make it as enjoyable as possible given that there is no additional charge for this program (free with general admission or... More 

Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I love the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary. I wish this place would drop the word museum from it's name. They have an itty bitty tiny museum for children, but it's the least important aspect of this place. The wildlife Sanctuary and wetlands are the most important part of the place to me. Park and pay at the main visitor center, then... More 

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stephaniejennings, Public Relations Manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi CraftBeers! Thanks for your support and the review. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the service road I believe you’re referencing is off-limits to the public. While we do have a sign posted there, sometimes the chain it is attached to may be left down for a little while, so I can see why... More 

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